Saturday, November 28, 2009

The fungus among us

This weekend's walk took us out of town, just west of Linnton, to the Newton Trail. It gains about 900 feet of elevation as you climb into the Tuality hills. Most of the deciduous leaves are off the trees and we saw only a few blossoms of vetch. The licorice ferns (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) were lovely and bountiful.

Aside from the view at the top, what was most impressive was the multitude of fungi we saw. I'm no mycologist, so I won't try to identify them. But whether you know mushrooms or not, I'm sure you'll enjoy the following array of shapes and colors as much as I did.

This was a pretty amazing display on a cool November Saturday morning, and an unexpected bonus to our walk.


  1. Love them all, especially that last one - wow! I remember seeing pictures of those ferns on cut-off logs from that Hardy Plant Society sale some of you Portlanders attended. I'll have to look for them next time I'm in the actual woods!

  2. This seems to be an especially great year for mushrooms, what with all the rain. Beauties! But that last one kind gives me the creeps.

  3. Crazy bright yellow color on that last ones. Those licorice ferns are taunting me for not buying some when I had the chance. Next time I won't pass them up.

  4. Hi Jane~~ I love the licorice ferns. I didn't know this what they were called. As I recall they go dormant in summer. I've been seeing a lot of mushrooms/fungi around here too.


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